CONGRATULATIONS DECEMBER 2021 IACA ARTIST
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, ALLISON PREISINGER!
mini-grant winner Mid-Southern Watercolorists.
The following are excerpts from her grant proposal:
My creative journey is rooted in self-expression and a drive to make sense of my surroundings. That journey has led me to pursue music since grade school playing flute in concert and marching band, singing in choirs, writing lyrics, and forming a band in high school. Shortly after graduating, I took up the guitar and began writing songs on my own. I created listening spaces out of coffee shops, pool halls, and back yards. I have been a performing songwriter ever since. I had the honor of earning my Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music where I focused on my craft and studied voice, songwriting, and entrepreneurship.
I find inspiration in the places I call home in the Pacific Northwest, from the written word, relationships, and in the effort to right wrongs. Influences have ranged in genre but manifest themselves through my music in something like Joni Mitchell meets Van Morrison with a warmth to brighten up an overcast Seattle skyline. I have self-released three albums of original music and have performed at many local events and venues, including Northwest Folklife, The Royal Room, and The Conway Muse.
Looking ahead to future projects and collaborations, I plan to involve others in the local music and artist community. Through collaboration on projects another has created or by providing opportunities for others to express themselves through my creations, I see community building as essential in the next steps of my career.
If awarded a grant I would direct funding towards an 8-song album of poems set to music inspired by nature, connection, and righting wrongs that I intend on recording in the Spring of 2022. The album will be collaborative with mostly local poets. A mini-grant would go towards fees for local musicians to join me on the recordings or towards studio rental time.
I appreciate the opportunity to apply for funding for artistic projects. I am working towards dedicating my time fully to music and creating. It can be difficult to create the space required to collaborate and make new things in our world without funding. The opportunity to make it a little easier for artists are very important and I am thankful that avenues like this exist.